Indoor Golf Brings Out Residents’ Competitive Spirit At Newton House

A new competition has begun at Newton House, inspired by indoor golf sessions run by local volunteers.

Social enterprise Golf In Society has done some taster sessions for residents, and they were so popular that Newton is turning it into a regular activity.

Golf In Society will run two sessions a month to encourage newcomers and seasoned pros to enjoy the game.

Wellbeing & Lifestyle Coach Marianne Fernandez-Faichney said residents are already getting excited about getting their hands on the coveted trophy.

Marianne said: “Golf In Society is a terrific initiative, and our residents have really enjoyed playing.

“It’s been lovely to see residents who’ve never tried golf before giving it a go.

“We’ve even got a couple of ex-pro golfers here, and you see their talent when they play even in these gentle sessions.

“At the end of each session, the winner will get the trophy, and the next time Golf In Society come in, they have to play to keep hold of it. Residents are getting competitive already!”

Currently, golf games are played in an ample space in Newton’s cinema room. But Marianne says they hope to take the game outside when the weather improves.

Among those who’ve played their first golf during the past few visits is 100-year-old Edith, who had a great time.

Marianne added: “It just goes to show that you can enjoy new activities at any age.

“Edith had a great time, and we thank Golf In Society for making the sessions so inclusive.

“Everyone can play, whether they are able to stand or need to remain seated.

“The volunteers are so good at getting people involved, even if they don’t want to play and would prefer to take the scores.

“We’re very excited about starting our twice-monthly sessions and seeing who keeps the cup!”